By Argyll Geducos
President Duterte vowed that he will not waste the remaining three years of his term by dilly-dallying, promising the nation of a better Philippines than the one he grew up in.
Duterte made the statement as he concluded his 94-minute State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday evening.
In his speech, President Duterte noted the accomplishments Filipinos made in the past three years, adding that the people should continue working hard for a better future.
“Our goal for the next three years is clear: A comfortable life for everybody, all Filipinos. We have made significant strides and accomplishment, milestones as a nation in the past three years. This momentum must continue with greater fervour in the next three years and beyond,” he said.
The President then promised to do his best to make the Philippines a better country than the one he is used to.
“I dream of glowing days ahead for every Filipino. I dream of a Philippines better than the one I grew up in. This is my pledge and commitment for just three years if I can. If I cannot, I am sorry. But I shall continue to comply with my constitutional duty to serve and protect the Filipino until the last day of my term,” he said.
Duterte said he will not stop what he is doing for the country, assuring the public that it will be within the bounds of the Constitution.
“I will push harder in the pursuit of programs that we have started but always within the parameters of the law,” he said.
“I will not merely coast along or while away my time during the remaining years of my administration. It ain’t my style. But I will not stop until I reach the finish line. Then and only then shall I call it a day,” he added.
The President also took responsibility for the consequences of what his administration did or failed to do.
“We are now entering a period of consequences. The consequences of what we did and did not do but should have done during the first half of my term. I assume full responsibility for that. As President, I cannot pass the blame to anybody, so it’s on me,” Duterte said.
“Though we cannot change the past, we will not squander the future,” he added.